Workshops coming up in early 2017
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Make community participation irresistible
The creative techniques and tricks to generate projects your community will want to participate in.
Four reasons not to do this workshop.
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Facilitate with Confidence
Facilitate any gathering with skill and authority
Lay a solid foundation for your role as a facilitator of meetings and workshops in any context.
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New resources for change makers
How to instruct a brainstorm
Brainstorming is one of the most important things we do. Here's a word-by-word script that builds in the good things we need to think about to get the most out of a gathering of minds.
Here's the script.
The interventionists' first tool
Mismatching the style of intervention and the situation you face is the cause of failure, waste and, sometimes, catastrophe. Which class of intervention matches your situation?
Situation Diagnosis Tool.
Comfy Zone Diagnostic Tool
Decisions, decisions, and so much to think about! This simple tool reminds project designers about the full range of behaviour change strategies available to them and when they should be used.
Download the tool (152k PDF).
Les shows how to use the awesome "If not, then what?" method
It's a way to generate a host of convention-busting ideas amazingly quickly. From the fun session at the North East Landcare Forum 2013.
"Crawl before you walk. Do your research, do your homework and don't assume anything.
"Listen and learn from people you intuitively trust. I would also say don't go spending up big on grandiose ideas... You need to tip your toe in the water before you go in boots and all - going in boots and all is a recipe for going broke."
- Interview with Manny Saul, CEO and owner of Moose Enterprises, a Melbourne-based company that makes kids toys including Mighty Beans and Trash Packs (hugely popular and well known to all parents), quoted in Wealth Creator magazine, March 2012
Here are 18 ways to change any system, with strategies ranging from weak to strong, inspired by the work of Donella Meadows.
18 Leverage Points.
Most read articles
The problem with Social Marketing - why you can't sell change like soap
This paper presents a critique of Social Marketing. Why the answer to "wicked" problems requires different approaches. The paper. (140k PDF)
Enabling Change: the process and the theory
Here is the step-by-step methodology and the theoretical background to the Enabling Change method of program design.
The Enabling Change process (260k PDF)
5 Doors Theory (147k PDF). 5 Doors diagram (12k PDF).
Introduction to the Diffusion of Innovations
A succinct introduction to the model of change that focuses on innovation design, viral communications, and satisfying the needs of users. Download (259k PDF)
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